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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,295 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,295
Reviews: 1,426
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 658
Gots: 1,548 | FT: 143
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Scotch Ale aged in bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: CortexBomb on 01-30-2007)
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nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev -7.6%

A - One finger of light brown head on top of a slightly hazy, amber-brown body. The foam settle quickly to a thin layer and leaves moderate lace.

S - Sweet caramel malt that blends with, and becomes indistinguishable from, bourbon barrel aromas of oak, coconut, cherries, and booze. Lots of burnt sugar notes with a little bit of pine sap character.

T - Strong, thick malt up front with toffee, caramel, and brown sugar notes. The bourbon character comes in fast and hard with a lot of spicy alcohol notes and more complex, dark sugars. The finish is spicy and alcoholic with a strong, phenolic smoke note that brings out a lot of the woody, boozy, harshness of the bourbon. Lingering notes of smoke, char, brown sugar, and pine sap stick to the back of the tongue.

M - Moderately thick body, low carbonation, and an only slightly sweet finish with some alcoholic warmth working its way down my throat to settle in the pit of my stomach.

D - I expected something big, round, sweet, and bourbon like, but what I got is something far leaner and meaner than one would expect from a scotch ale. There is a lot of phenolic smoke character in this beer, either from abused yeast or from peat, and it does some strange things when it meets the bourbon. The phenolics seem to bring out a lot of the boozy and astringent qualities of the whiskey that are usually not present in barrel aged beers; combine this with the relative dryness of this brew, and the fact that it is not at all shy about its 10% abv, and you have a weirdly convincing bourbon beer. I'm still not quite sure what I think about this one. It has managed to capture a lot of the harsher qualities of distilled spirits that I prefer not to see in a beer; on the other hand, I have to respect the fact that they have brewed what I can only regard as the liquid equivalent of the grizzled, scotch-irish mountain man that graces the label of the bottle. This is quite a unique beer, and while I won't be rushing out to buy another one, I am certainly grateful for the opportunity to try it.

12-08-2009 08:38:52 | More by nickfl
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trev120

Colorado

4/5  rDev -7.6%

03-16-2013 17:33:41 | More by trev120
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eagles22

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.6%

Appearance: deep dark brownish color..almost black with a tannish head

Smell: of whiskey and also coffee...the whiskey smell is great very sweet and nice

Taste: of whiskey...i love it its wonderful..also you get hints of chocolate and caramel and ends with a nice coffee taste...its just a great complex beer

Mouthfeel: was very smooth and warms you up great...and nice aftertaste with the coffee

Drinkability: not very high but great to have 2or3 of these puppies awesome beer

this beer is definitely worth a try...if your a whiskey drinker you will love this beer ...i sure did

12-06-2008 04:51:48 | More by eagles22
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.6%

01-09-2013 04:50:21 | More by oglmcdgl
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TheCuriograph

New York

4/5  rDev -7.6%

10-31-2013 02:40:08 | More by TheCuriograph
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buddyvelt

Michigan

4/5  rDev -7.6%

12-24-2011 04:00:26 | More by buddyvelt
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jordanmiller

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.6%

12-01-2011 21:02:40 | More by jordanmiller
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thequeen711

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.6%

Backwards Bastard is a fine brew from my friends at Founders. Nice frothy head out of the tap, beautiful bourbon aroma/taste with hints of oak, malt, caramel, toffee, and vanilla. With a mix like that who could not like this!!! Mouthfeel is refreshing and satisfying, sip after sip.
Drink up and enjoy!

03-26-2009 18:19:11 | More by thequeen711
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bishocr

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.6%

02-21-2012 15:12:08 | More by bishocr
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DONA812

Indiana

4/5  rDev -7.6%

11-20-2011 19:20:28 | More by DONA812
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Saltee

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -7.6%

08-29-2013 19:18:29 | More by Saltee
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -7.6%

11-28-2013 01:33:17 | More by XmnwildX12
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rxeight

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.6%

09-13-2013 17:00:55 | More by rxeight
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sbricker

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.6%

11-14-2011 16:04:54 | More by sbricker
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deereless

Colorado

4/5  rDev -7.6%

05-17-2014 00:07:26 | More by deereless
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ChadQuest

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.6%

Body is a nice stained cherry mahogany, like that table at your grandma's house that is from the 1920s.
The aroma has a really integrated scent of bourbon barrel, which is great in this beer, really adds the element that this style needs for my deep affection.
Flavor wise there is toffee,maple, caramel, and all of those malt notes that you would expect from a rich ale of this nature, thin alcohol that adds a positive element to this beer. Vanilla and oak most likely an addition from the time hugging a barrel. There is a cherry like flavor of fruit, but just enough to only mention one fruit, if i listed more then one fruit you would get the wrong idea and think this had more fruit notes then it does. All of these flavors are very well integrated 6mo after release. I think i preferred it fresh for the stronger barrel notes and heat, but the sallys will love it 6mo out.
The mouthfeel is smooth, a bit slick and low carb. Fitting for the style i think though.

I buy a lot of this when it comes out, and drink it often. For a few weeks it is my regular grab beer. I don't horde it and it doesn't last long in my hands. I dig it.

02-28-2012 04:24:49 | More by ChadQuest
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BibsBrewing

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -7.6%

01-10-2013 21:45:17 | More by BibsBrewing
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jreindl

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -7.6%

04-20-2013 04:57:49 | More by jreindl
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DGD

Georgia

4/5  rDev -7.6%

06-11-2014 21:01:47 | More by DGD
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jkermitj

Mississippi

4/5  rDev -7.6%

12-19-2013 01:58:29 | More by jkermitj
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BlakeAM

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.6%

02-24-2013 08:18:10 | More by BlakeAM
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neurobot01

California

4/5  rDev -7.6%

07-04-2014 05:00:04 | More by neurobot01
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Geijerb

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.6%

11-13-2013 02:57:15 | More by Geijerb
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OUJayhawk1799

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -7.6%

04-02-2013 14:40:07 | More by OUJayhawk1799
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Miles228

Ohio

4/5  rDev -7.6%

02-22-2014 23:01:18 | More by Miles228
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 5,295 ratings.